The theme of this 6-game losing streak has been a lack of clutch hitting and poor pitching. This continued on Saturday night when the Dodgers lost 4-1 to the Milwaukee Brewers. Dodger pitching, mainly Dennis Santana (3 ER over 1.1 innings) allowed 4 runs and Dodger hitting hit into 3 double plays in the loss.
The Dodgers had multiple opportunities against Brewers’ starter, Zach Davies, who went 7 innings of one-run ball. Davies allowed 8 hits, which usually doesn’t equal a quality start, but the Dodgers let him out of it every time.
In the first inning, the Dodgers had a great opportunity with runners on first and second and two outs. All they needed was a simple base hit and they’d have a 1-0 lead. But Kiké Hernández hit a weak grounder right to the shortstop to end the inning.
In the 4th inning, the Dodgers once again blew a scoring opportunity. With two outs, the Dodgers had runners on second and third. The batter, Austin Barnes, simply needed a single to score two runs. Honestly, I can’t blame Barnes for striking out. In a 3-2 count, Davies threw a fastball 2-3 inches off the plate, bu the home plate umpire called it strike 3 and ended the inning.
I’m getting tired of saying it, but Dodger pitching is also a problem. In a scheduled bullpen game, the Dodgers allowed 4 earned runs. Dodger starter, Caleb Ferguson, took the loss even though he allowed just one earned run, a solo homer by Mike Moustakas.
Santana allowed the other 3 runs in his 1.1 innings of work. He allowed a run on a solo homer by Orlando Arcia in the fourth. Then in the 5th, the Brewers scored 2 more runs by doing something the Dodgers can’t seem to do, hitting with runners in scoring position. Two walks and a single loaded the bases for the Brewers when Travis Shaw hit a two-run single to right.
The Dodgers are looking for anything they can do to get a win this afternoon. Ross Stripling will take the mound against Jhoulys Chacín. Neither pitcher has a good ERA right now, Stripling’s is 3.78 and Chacín’s is 4.24. The game will start at 1:10 pm.